An Xtra Happy Birthday; week 35

August 30th

Dana Rosemary Scallon, 67

Dana, as she is mostly know as, entered the Irish National Song Contest for the first time in 1989, but was a runner up. The producer was impressed by her performance, as she was only 17 years old at that time, asked her to try again next year. He thought a song called “All Kinds of Everything” would suit her well. Indeed it did, she won the National Selection and got to represent Ireland in Amsterdam. She sang last on stage and earned 32 points giving Ireland it´s first of total victories at Eurovision. Not only did her song “All Kinds of Everything” became a huge success in Ireland and in UK, it came a hit around the world. With more then 2 millions copies sold! Impressive!

Laura Poldvere, 30

Laura is really well known singer in Estonia. She is also known in the Eurovision world, as she has won both second and first place at Eurolaul/Eestilaul (The Estonian National Selection)! The girl group Suntribe won with the song “Let’s get loud”, and Laura was a part of that group. They represented Estonia in Ukraine in 2005, however failed to advance to the final.

Laura clearly got hooked on Eurovision, like most of our readers are, as she entered the Estonian National selection four more times! In 2007, 2009, 2016 and 2017! On her latest attempt she won with the song “Verona”, as a part of a duo with Koit Toome. Koit is also a former Eurovision representative of Estonia. Remarkably, she got to performe again in the same city, 13 years later, Kyiv. Despite having really good odds of qualifying from the 2nd semi-final, the song did not advance to the final.

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